PracticeAccounting FirmsHospital seeks new FD while tribunal continues

Hospital seeks new FD while tribunal continues

An NHS finance director who alleged he was fired 'for telling the truth' has found out that his employer is appointing his replacement - just two weeks before an employment tribunal could reinstate him.

NHS finance chief axed for ‘telling the truth’

Ian Perkin, former FD of London’s St Georges Hospital, was fired in July last year after 16 years. He is seeking reinstatement to his £100,000 a year job. An employment tribunal in February decided that the allegedly ‘unfair dismissal’ should go to a full hearing of eight days starting on 22 April.

Though the hearing has not yet taken place, St Georges’ law firm Bevan Ashford last week contacted Perkin’s lawyer to inform him that the hospital is in the process of recruiting a new FD. ‘Why can’t they wait?’ said Ian Perkin. ‘It is a fight to the end with these people. I’m prepared to go to the bitter end.’

The tribunal in February heard that Perkin was fired ‘because of his frankness, openness, honesty and his rather annoying habit of telling the truth’.

St Georges hospital has denied it unfairly dismissed Perkin. This week it confirmed it is recruiting a replacement FD.

‘The job was advertised, a short list has been drawn up, candidates have been written to and interviews will take place in due course,’ said a spokesman for the hospital.

Perkin believes the hospital’s move to appoint a replacement could make it’ more difficult for the tribunal’ to reinstate him.

Related Articles

Where is your next client coming from?

Accounting Firms Where is your next client coming from?

2d James Noble, Propero Partners
Specialist VAT service provider joins MHA

Accounting Firms Specialist VAT service provider joins MHA

2d Austin Clark, Reporter
Grant Thornton expands financial services regulatory team

Accounting Firms Grant Thornton expands financial services regulatory team

1w Austin Clark, Reporter
Top 50+50: Revenue rises spark rankings shake-up

Accounting Firms Top 50+50: Revenue rises spark rankings shake-up

2w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
BDO strengthens Bristol team with new audit partner

Accounting Firms BDO strengthens Bristol team with new audit partner

2w Austin Clark, Reporter
FRC closes investigation into PwC over Barclays compliance

Accounting Firms FRC closes investigation into PwC over Barclays compliance

2w Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Top 50+50: Firms fall short on diversity

Accounting Firms Top 50+50: Firms fall short on diversity

2w Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Top 50+50: Big Four hold steady, shake-up outside Top 20

Accounting Firms Top 50+50: Big Four hold steady, shake-up outside Top 20

2w Emma Smith, Managing Editor